New Orleans Saints Eyes Colts Without Payton Or Peyton Manning At Sidelines
Written by  // Saturday, 22 October 2011 13:46 //

The Saints (4-2) will seek to retain a share of the NFC South lead when they take on the winless Colts in Sunday at 7:29 in the NBC Sunday Night Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tampa Bay, tied with the Saints at 4-2, plays the Bears in London on Sunday.

The injury-depleted Colts, who have been without Peyton Manning (neck) this season, have remained competitive despite their record. Four of their losses have been have been by eight points
or less.

After going 2-1 on a road swing, the Saints will welcome playing in front of the Who Dat Nation again. The Saints defeated the Colts 34-17 on Feb. 7 2010 in the Super Bowl.

Neither Peyton nor Sean Payton will be one the sidelines for this game. The Saints coach underwent knee surgery last Monday and will make him call plays from the media level. Payton will be calling the plays as usual, he just won't be on the sidelines.

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The Saints running game has fallen off the past two weeks and Drew Brees said they have a great run game plan this week. "I feel like we're making an emphasis maybe more so than other times because we know we've struggled a little the last two weeks. We understand that we need to improve our running game."

Former LSU standouts running back Joe Addai and defensive tackle Drake Nevis are both injured and may not play on Sunday.

"There's a lot of water under the bridge since that Super Bowl meeting," said Colts coach Jim Caldwell." The Saints are a great team. Drew Brees is having a great year throwing the ball, and they have some weapons get it to. (Jimmy) Graham's doing a great job, Darren Sproles is doing a nice job. The rest of their cast is doing a great job. The offensive line and defense give you all kinds of problems and the special team unit is very good."

The Saints should breeze in this one.

Prediction: Lay the 14 points. Final: Saints 38, Colts 13.

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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